Docs in Exile: QUEER STORIES

Coming of age stories, stories of discovery, stories that warm your heart when you least expect it, stories that make your blood run cold. From middle America (“The Gospel of Eureka”) all the way to the edge of Siberia (“Mon Amour”), the Queer Stories Tribute composes a multi-faceted narrative of sexuality and gender identity in the 21st century.

Naturally, it all started a long time ago, way back in the 1920s, when a well-to-do “Madam” shook off the confines of an arranged marriage to become a successful businesswoman, setting an example for her repressed queer grandson. Next stop it’s the 1980s, where an entire generation of trans women and drag queens are picked off, one by one, by the HIV virus while lip-synching on “Playback” in the conservative Argentinian city of Cordoba.

The Tribute concludes with the magical tale of a 16-year-old boy in a coastal Mexican village in “Things We Dare Not Do”. A violent incident during a local festival rattles Ñoño, who decides to come clean to his family, shifting the balance of their relationship, which proves to be as deep-rooted as the mangroves surrounding their village.

Scroll down for the list of films.

Click here for more information on the full festival lineup.

The Docs in Exile Film Festival is hosted on the Thessaloniki International Film Festival online screening platform:

The platform will be open for viewing on Thursday, December 10th, at 10am. All films will be available until December 14th. Screenings are free of charge and Greek subtitles are available. All you need to do is complete a quick & easy sign up process.

Details on how to use the screening platform are available HERE.




Mon Amour

A man sets out to the very far end of Siberia seeking answers by asking villagers to share their own experience of love.

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Things We Dare Not Do

Ñoño lives in a small Mexican coastal village. When a violent incident disrupts the seemingly idyllic atmosphere, Ñoño makes the bold decision of revealing his true self to his family.

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“Madame” takes us onto an intimate journey where Caroline, a flamboyant 90-year-old grandmother and her filmmaker grandson Stéphane explore the development and transmission of gender identity in a patriarchal environment.

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The Gospel of Eureka

Love, faith and civil rights collide in a southern town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes.

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The Kalas Group, a collective of trans women and drag queens, made their own kind of history in ‘80s Argentina.

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